Mathew Alderson

Mathew is an international transactional lawyer and corporate advisor with a focus on entertainment, technology and creative industries. Described as a “game-changing attorney” by Variety Magazine, Mathew leads our China office and media and entertainment practice from Beijing. He represents major Hollywood studios and producers on both motion picture and television projects. Mathew’s clientele extends to tech companies, promoters and event management companies, architectural firms, universities and publishers.

How to Draft Enforcable China Contracts

Negotiating with Chinese Companies: The Long Version

In the early 1980s the US Air Force commissioned Lucian Pye, an eminent sinologist, to write a report on how Chinese negotiate with foreigners. Published in 1982, it was called Chinese Commercial Negotiating Style. Based on extensive interviews with foreigners engaged in China trade, Pye’s paper analyzes the negotiating style the Chinese use with foreign businesspeople. Pye’s

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8 Tips for Doing Business in China

Watch below! Here are some lessons learned from more than a decade working in China.  This short video explains the following tips : 1. Use your own interpreters 2. Do proper due diligence 3. Register IP early 4. Use NNN Agreements to protect your IP 5. Don’t sign short form agreements (MOUs or LOIs) 6.

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Sports Broadcast and Music Video Copyright in China

Sports broadcasts aren’t recognized as copyright subject matter under Chinese statute law although they have been accepted as such in some of the Chinese case law. This makes it necessary for sports brands, such as leagues or their licensees, to tackle piracy using Chinese anti-unfair competition laws. These laws are considered less desirable because the

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Music Royalties in China: Let Those Without Sin Cast the First Stone

China is digital. Its music market is almost entirely digital. Physical sales here comprise only about 20% of the total market.  China has more than twice as many internet users as the US has people. There are about 900 million mobile internet users here, 70% of whom consume music online. That means there are around

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Chinese Entertainment Law: A New Audiovisual Work On The Horizon

China’s copyright law, in its present form, has been in place since 2010 and numerous proposals for amendments have been floated since that time. The National People’s Congress recently released another draft amendment and solicited public comment. As far as I can tell, this would be the 5th draft since 2010. In a recent post

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Chinese Music Law: New Broadcast Right for Sound Recordings on the Horizon

China’s copyright law presently gives the owner of the copyright in a sound recording a right of approval and a right of remuneration when a recording is communicated to the public through an information network. These are considered neighboring rights because they are not included in the rights comprising the copyright in the sound recording.

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Getting Stuff made in China — Tips from a China Factory Owner

Let me tell you about a European friend of mine in China. Well, he’s not really in China. Right now he’s in Thailand. Like many an expat, he went there for a quick holiday before the border closed and has been stuck for months because of virus travel restrictions.  My friend desires anonymity. We’ll just

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How to Manage a Chinese Factory

Many Chinese factories are hurting right now. Badly. This should come as no surprise. First they went through months of closures due to the coronavirus, and just when they opened they faced massively reduced demand. Chinese factories are closing left and right and many of those that are open are facing reduced demand and falling

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China Streaming or China Dreaming? The Outlook for Foreign VOD

The numbers coming out of China continue to amaze. There are 855 million digital consumers in China and they have more than twice as many internet users as the US has people. The Chinese are spending an average of 358 minutes per day online. They spend 8% of their online time streaming video content. A